Sanction Your Tournament

Process to obtain US Club Soccer sanctioning for your tournament:

To sanction a tournament, complete the Sanctioned Tournament Hosting Application Packet linked above and return via one of the following methods (email is preferred):

If approved, US Club Soccer will stamp as such and send it back to you, along with an approval letter.

Please note that if you are applying for tournament sanctioning within 60 days of your event, special permission is needed before your application is submitted. Please contact your membership services representative regarding this matter.

As the approval of applications is based in part on the host club being a member in good standing at the time of the tournament, hosting applications are processed during the following windows:

  • From Jan. 1 through June 30, applications will be processed for events taking place through Dec. 31 of that calendar year.
  • From July 1 through Dec. 31, applications will be processed through June 30 of the following calendar year.

Supplemental Tournament Insurance:

Supplemental tournament insurance is offered to hosts of US Club Soccer-sanctioned tournaments in order to obtain liability and accident insurance coverage for all non-US Club Soccer participating teams. (Teams using US Club Soccer passcards already have insurance coverage.) This simplifies attendance for teams, especially if a number of non-US Club Soccer teams are not able to obtain insurance from their state association or other U.S. Soccer member organization. To do so, please complete and follow the instructions on the form below.

For additional information related to attending a tournament, please visit the Attending a Tournament page. This includes information regarding a US Club Soccer member attending a non-US Club Soccer-sanctioned tournament, and a non-member attending a US Club Soccer-sanctioned tournament.

Certified athletic trainers at sanctioned tournaments:

Pursuant to the U.S. Soccer player safety campaign, any tournament projected to have 64 or more teams at 11-U and older age groups must have an adequate number of certified athletic trainers or other healthcare professionals in attendance. They must be accessible to coaches, referees and athletes as needed during play. A major tournament means all of these:

  • a tournament played over multiple days;
  • where age-group-based champions will be determined;
  • in which 64 or more teams (excluding teams 10-U and younger) are entered.

The individual should be a licensed healthcare professional (HCP), such as an athletic trainer certified (ATC) or a physician (MD/DO), with a skill set in emergency care and sports medicine injuries, and with knowledge and experience related to concussion evaluation and management.

Each “major youth tournament” hosting entity should collaborate and communicate with an HCP, if available, on an overall emergency action plan and discuss the management of environmental injuries, injury prevention, head injury management and return-to-play matters.

A certified athletic trainer means a person who has credentials from the Board of Certification and/or has the appropriate license from their state.

The trainer or other healthcare professional must be able to conduct SCAT3 and modified BESS concussion tests on the sideline.

Determining the “adequate number of trainers” depends in part on the total number of teams, field layout, etc. For example, a ratio of one trainer to four or six fields may be adequate. More than one trainer would be required if the tournament fields are spread out over a large area, or if the tournament is held at different locations.

For general information on athletic trainers, please visit this National Athletic Trainers Association Web page.

Hosting international teams:

Approval from the U.S. Soccer Federation must be obtained for any game or tournament involving international teams.

In order to do so, the following documents must be submitted to US Club Soccer for authorization at least 45 days prior to the tournament.

  1. U.S. Soccer International Tournament/Games Hosting Application
  2. U.S. Soccer International Tournament/Games Hosting Agreement
  3. A copy of the rules for the tournament or games in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game.**
  4. Fee of $75 made payable to the U.S. Soccer Federation, via check or credit card.

NOTE: Please review the Rules Checklist for Hosting a Game or Tournament Involving Foreign Teams. Rules submitted MUST follow the below guidelines:

  • OVERTIME – FIFA’s rules specify that if overtime periods are used, overtime periods must be played to completion. “Golden goal” and “Silver goal” are no longer allowed.
  • SUBSTITUTIONS – FIFA’s rules specify that the following substitution rules must be included:
    (1) a player may be substituted on at a stoppage of play with the permission of the referee; otherwise substitutions may be made at any stoppage only with the permission of the referee, and
    (2) if the age group is 15 & under, free substitution is allowed. For age groups 16 years and older, free substitution is allowed providing the tournament is not an official competition (but a friendly club tournament) and the age category does not include matches between national teams of CONCACAF member countries.

After approving the application and confirming that the host club is a member in good standing, US Club Soccer will then forward the applicable documents and payment onto the U.S. Soccer Federation.

The complete U.S. Soccer Federation approval process is outlined at the following web page: